Thirteen years ago, George Lucas dropped “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” with a loud toilet splash. Two years later, Peter Jackson launched the far-more beloved “Lord of the Rings” trilogy with “The Fellowship of the Ring.” By 2005 Jackson had won Best Picture, while Lucas had absorbed a hella ton of nerd grief for his
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Mike Mills’s indie darling “Beginners” has earned the simple short hand as the film that finally won Christopher Plummer his Oscar. While it was a story of underdog triumph for the 82-year-old actor, it has left its star, Ewan McGregor in a familiar spot: completely overlooked. McGregor — who shot to fame with “Trainspotting” in 1997 and has appeared in some of your favorite movies since then — often gets… Continue reading Ewan McGregor, 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' Star, On 'Beginners' And 'The Phantom Menace'
“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D” hits theaters this weekend, and it brings up a lot of contradictory feelings in fans of George Lucas’ legendary franchise. Most parents (and viewers in general) feel an overpowering allegiance to the original trilogy, but our kids, who have been exposed to the prequel trilogy and its animated “Clone Wars” spin-off, might actually prefer Episodes I-II-III. What is a self-respecting IV-V-VI-loyal… Continue reading Family Film Guide: Do Your Kids Love 'The Phantom Menace'?
The weekend before Valentine’s Day means one thing: TONS of new releases. From romance (“The Vow”) to action (“Safe House”) to nostalgia (“The Phantom Menace”), all four quadrants will be served this weekend. Which film will emerge victorious? Let’s investigate together!
What’s the story: A happily married couple (Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum) have their world torn apart following a car accident that leaves the wife with severe memory… Continue reading 'The Vow,' 'Safe House,' 'Journey 2,' 'The Phantom Menace': New Releases This Weekend
When “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” first premiered on May 19, 1999, fan anticipation was feverish following 16 years without a new “Star Wars” feature film. Buoyed by a then-very-young Internet, “Star Wars” fans spent the lead-up to “The Phantom Menace” attempting to figure out just what secrets George Lucas had in store for the first prequel. That’s a stark contrast to this week, which finds… Continue reading Looking Back At The Rumors That Surrounded Star Wars: Episode I --The Phantom Menace